2020 St. Patrick's Day Invitational Rules in accordance with USYS & US Club Guidelines
Please see Additional FFC Park Facility Usage Rules HERE
A reminder to all teams, parents, and spectators –
(1) Drones and Arial video and photography are NOT permitted at any time. The use of HI-Pods (or similar) video camera equipment will not be permitted at any facility unless prior approval by the tournament director as well as all requirements are met. Those requesting approval must complete HI-Pod Request Form
(2) NO DOGS are allowed at any complex or field used by the St. Patrick’s Day Invitational. This includes all common areas and parking lots. If dogs are seen on the premises owners will be asked to leave the complex immediately and if dog is present near or around any field the game will be halted until the dog is removed to the parking area, but must be removed permanently from the complex as well.
Properly marked and leashed service dogs are permitted at the complex but are not allowed within 15 yards of any field.
(3) Alcoholic Beverages & Smoking are Prohibited.
A. Tournament Headquarters:
Tournament Headquarters will be located at FFC Park; 1898 Mills Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408; Tournament Director: Chris Maimone; 804-288-4625
Team Check-in for the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Invitational will be via online check-in only.
· Original 2019/2020 Player Passes; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer passes
· Original 2019/2020 Official Roster; either USYS State Association or US Club Soccer
· Two Copies of Official Roster
· Guest Players identified: Written on front or back of COPIES of Rosters
· Player Passes for Guest Player
· Individual Player Medical Release Forms
· Permission to Travel Paper Work: Not Required for US Club Soccer Teams. USYS State Association teams from Region I do not need Permission to Travel Paper Work. USYS State Association teams from all other Regions need Permission to Travel Paper Work.
The St. Patrick’s Day Invitational is Dual Sanctioned for 2020
For US Club Soccer teams the tournament is sanctioned by US Club Soccer under the Open Cup format and a USYSA Sanctioned Tournament. This allows competitive teams from both US Club Soccer and any other USSF affiliated members (state associations, etc) to compete in this event. The US Club Soccer teams DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Application to Travel Form, but must bring their proper roster, plus 2 copies for the tournament and player pass cards.
For USYSA Registered Teams: Teams must have the proper USYSA state rosters, plus two copies for the tournament, permission to travel forms, player pass cards and medical release forms for each player at registration.
Teams that are members of organizations of the United States Soccer Federation but not members of US Youth Soccer (such as AYSO, SAY, US Club Soccer or Super Y Leagues) DO NOT have to have a US Youth Soccer Application to Travel form (although that team’s organization may require that the team have permission). An approved team roster does need to be provided to tournament officials, along with current player passes from its organization.
Note for Region I teams:
Region 1 Policy Regarding Application To Host A Tournament
Region I has established the following policy concerning permission to travel when attending USYS sanctioned tournaments in Region I. The purpose of this policy is to make it as simple as possible for the US Youth Soccer Region I teams to travel to tournaments within Region I.
The new policy states that any USYS State Association teams within Region I that is accepted into a tournament in Region I do not need permission to travel papers.
C. Roster Sizes:
· 2011-2010 (U9 to U10) 7v7 teams are limited to 14 players identified at Registration.
· 2009-2008 (U11 to U12) 9v9 teams are limited to 18 players identified at Registration
Five guest players per team will be permitted for all age groups. US Club Soccer teams may only take guest players registered under US Club Soccer, and USYSA teams may only take guest players registered with properly stamped USYSA player pass cards.
Players can only play for 1 team throughout the tournament.
D. Ball Size:
Size 4 2008-2011 (U12 – U9)
E. Game Duration: (Same for both Boys and Girls Weekend)
60 min. 2009-20087 (U11, U12) (9v9) Halftime - 5 min
50 min. 2011-2010 (U9, U10) (7v7) Halftime - 5 min
Substitutions shall be unlimited, but made only at the following times:
Teams playing in Tournament Format competition:
a) Goal kick, after a goal, half time, at the beginning of an overtime period, throw in – by the team in possession and by the team not in possession (only if the team in possession has a substitute), after a yellow card – for carded player.
b) An injured player may be substituted for at the discretion of the referee. If a substitution is made for the injured player, the opposing team may also make one substitution (with the referee’s acknowledgement).
Under no circumstances may substitutions be made (1) on corner kicks or (2) after the game has ended in a tie and FIFA penalty kicks will be required to determine a winner
All substitutes shall inform the assistant referee on their side of the field that they wish to enter the game prior to the time they are entitled to enter the game as a substitute. The assistant referee will signal the referee that substitutes wish to enter the game at the first opportunity that the substitute is allowed to enter the game. The substitutes must wait until the referee signals that it is okay for them to enter the field.
G. Home Team:
Team listed first is the designated Home Team and must change jerseys when the referee determines a conflict to exist.
Teams not at the field ready to play with a minimum of 7 eligible players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match at the discretion of the tournament director. Forfeited scores will be counted 5 – 0. Teams forfeiting games will not be able to advance to the playoff rounds.
2011-2008 (U9-U12) Three referee system. Offsides will be called.
J. Heading Rule at Age Group Divisions U11 & Younger:
Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped. The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If the play by the head is deemed in advertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
K. Build Out Lines at Agee Group Divisions U10 & Younger:
Build out lines will be established for U10 age groups and younger. Build out lines promote playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into pay (punting is snot allowed). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. The ball is considered “in play” when the goalkeeper’s intended recipient has received the ball. Not the moment that the goalkeeper releases the ball.
If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of offense. If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.
The build out line will also be used to denote where the offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and the goal line.
L. Inclement Weather:
Regardless of weather conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at their respective field site, ready to play as scheduled. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the match. Only the Tournament Director(s) may cancel or postpone a match. Referees may suspend a match only in case of severe weather, in his/her discretion. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make the following changes in the event of inclement weather:
· Relocate and/or reschedule a match.
· Change a division structure.
· Reduce scheduled duration of a match.
· Cancel a match.
In the evet of inclement weather, forcing play to be halted and preventing the match from completing during the scheduled time, the score shall stand if at least one-half of the match has been completed.
M. Player’s Equipment:
All players must wear shinguards. No metal-rimmed glasses or jewelry of any kind will be allowed. Casts, splints or body braces made of a hard substance in its final form such as leather, rubber, plastic, plaster or fiberglass must be covered on all exterior surfaces with no less than ½ inch thick, high density polyurethane, or an alternate material of the same thickness and similar physical properties to protect the injury. A medical release for the injured player signed by a licensed physician must be available at the game site. Players may not play with these casts without the approval of the Referee.
N. Rules for Advancement:
Teams will be awarded points on the following basis:
· Six (6) points for each Win
· Three (3) points for each Tie
· Zero (0) points for each Loss
· One (1) point for each goal scored up to a max of three (3) per game. Losing teams receive points also.
· One (1) point for each shutout
A 0-0 tie will be scored as 4 points for each team (3 for tie, 1 for shutout)
A 4-2 game will be scored as 9 points for the winning team (6 for win, 3 for goals) and 2 points to the losing team (2 for goals).
In the event of a tie in points at the end of bracket play; the winner for advancement to Semi-Final or Finals will be determined as follows:
· The winner in head to head competition. (If there is a 3 team tie, proceed to the next tie breaker)
· Goal differential, max of +/-3 per game (Team wins 4-0, only gets +3 GD, losing team gets -3)
· Goals For (max 5 goals per game)
· Goals Against (max 5 goals per game)
When the tiebreaker system is used, the criteria are followed from 1 through 4 until one team is eliminated and then the criteria starts over again at Rule #1. Rules are repeated until one team remains.
*All Shoot-Outs for 1st in Divisional play will be at 7:30am Sunday morning or time determined by the tournament director and at a field location determined by the tournament director. Ties between 2nd and 3rd in division play leading to both teams playing consolation games will be decided by the above criteria; except for #5 Shoot-Outs. These ties will be decided by the discretion of the Tournament Director.
O. Resolving Ties in Semi-Final and Final Match:
If the semi-final or finals match are tied at the end of regulation time, the teams will be given a five minute rest. The following will decide the match:
Overtime will be 2 - five minute periods with substitutions allowed. Overtime will not be sudden death. Overtime is played 7v7 or 9v9 (minus any send-offs)
If teams remain even at the end of overtime the game will be decided by the FIFA, Kicks from the Penalty Spot Procedure as outlined in the Laws of the Game; using only the players remaining on the field at the end of overtime.
There will be no protests. All officiating decisions are final.
Q. Sideline Behavior:
Both teams will sit on the same side of the field. Only coaches and trainers may stay on the player’s sideline. Spectators are only allowed on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players and are limited to being in the designated area from penalty box to penalty box. No spectators are allowed behind the goal areas. Harassment of the officials from coaches, spectators or players will not be tolerated.
Players (Any Age Group)
· If a player receives a red card or two yellow cards during a match, that player will sit out the rest of that match and also their next match. Players serving Red card suspensions are allowed to sit on the bench during their team’s next game but are not allowed to be in uniform.
Coaches (Any Age Group)
· A coach or other authorized bench personnel sent off during a match must leave the field immediately upon being sent off and must remain away from the field during the team’s next match.
S. NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park or the parking lot of any of the game sites. Your team will be subject to forfeiting 1 game. Smoking or use of tobacco products on or near playing fields is prohibited at all times.
T. Outdoor Grilling is prohibited at all tournament venues.
U. NO dogs are allowed at any of parks or field complexes used for the St. Patrick’s Day Invitational. Only service animals are allowed at the facility.
V. The use of HI-Pods (or similar) video camera equipment will not be permitted at any facility unless prior approval by the tournament director as well as all requirements are met.
*The tournament will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game except as modified by these rules above.
W. Tournament Cancellation:
If the tournament is cancelled for any reason before the tournament begins and before any matches are played, teams are guaranteed a refund of an amount to be determined by the Executive Committee of the Fredericksburg FC once all invoices are paid and final budgets are approved.
Disclaimer: The St. Patrick’s Day Invitational, Tournament Director(s), and Fredericksburg FC will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by tournament participants if the tournament is cancelled for any reason. The Tournament Director(s) reserves the right to decide on all matters pertaining to the tournament and its decision shall be final.
X. Team Withdrawal:
All Entry Fees must be postmarked by February 14, 2020 to guarantee consideration. All late applications will be put on a wait list for review. Upon acceptance, the fee is non-refundable. If your team is accepted and later withdraws, the entry fee is non-refundable and sanctions will be placed against your team/club for future participation in Fredericksburg FC events.
Y. Hotel Services:
To insure the quality of service provided at the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Invitational, Fredericksburg FC has appointed Anthony Travel as our official Hospitality Service of the tournament. All teams are mandated to book any hotel reservations through Anthony Travel to insure their place in the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Invitational. Any teams that do not comply will be at risk of forfeiting their acceptance.
Local teams or teams “commuting” to Fredericksburg for the weekend do not have to stay in hotels but must contact either Anthony Sports or the tournament director indicating their intentions to do so. “Commuting” Teams is defined as a 75-mile distance between the club’s mailing address to the team’s scheduled field complex.
Please email [email protected] to Anthony Travel sports travel expert or call (800) 736-6377
By using Anthony Travel as our booking service, Fredericksburg FC and the St. Patrick’s Day Invitational can offer our "Act of God" Clause. This states "Should this event be cancelled for reasons beyond the Event Organizer's control (including weather), all outstanding reservations will be released at no charge to the participants."